A$AP Rocky’s upcoming court date doesn’t seem to affect him as he has been seen out in public with his partner Rihanna on a number of occasions lately.
The rapper is charged with assault with a firearm in connection with a shooting in Hollywood last year. Rocky is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday and faces up to nine years in prison if found guilty.
While facing serious charges and lengthy prison terms, Rocky was recently spotted with Rihanna. In May, it was reported that Rihanna had given birth to a son, the couple’s first child together. The name has yet to be publicly confirmed.
The couple were spotted together in New York City on Friday, laughing as they walked around town. A few days later they were photographed together again, this time stepping off a plane in Los Angeles while a member of their security team carried their son to the car. The pictures of them getting off the plane were taken by Backgrid on Sunday.
It was confirmed Monday that the Los Angeles District Attorney had charged Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, with assault with a firearm. He faces two assaults with a semi-automatic firearm with allegations of personally using a firearm.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Rocky is scheduled to be arraigned in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on Wednesday.
Rocky was first arrested in April in connection with the non-fatal shooting in November 2021; He was later released on $550,000 bail. After an arrest warrant was issued for him, law enforcement found several firearms while searching Rocky’s property.
At the time, the Los Angeles Police Department’s Twitter account shared details of the incident and confirmed that they had arrested Rocky.
A member of the A$AP collective, A$AP Relli (aka Terell Ephron), self-identified as the alleged victim. He is suing Rocky for assault and assault, negligence, and emotional distress.
Ephron claimed he was “lured” to a location in Hollywood where Rocky fired multiple shots. According to court records, Ephron stated that he was “shot with bullets/fragments” in his left hand and required medical attention. He’s asking for at least $25,000 in damages.
Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón said, “Firing a gun in a public place is a serious crime that could have had tragic consequences, not only for the person attacked, but also for innocent bystanders visiting Hollywood.”
“My office thoroughly reviewed the evidence in this case and determined that the addition of a specific firearms allegation was warranted.”
A$AP Rocky and Rihanna have reportedly been dating since 2020, with Rocky confirming their relationship to GQ in May 2021, calling her the “love of my life.”
news week has reached out to Rocky’s rep for comment.
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